12/4/2012 4:37:49 AM
The Problem with Dogma - A Parable
The Problem with Dogma – A Parable
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Living here among the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, I get to see this every day! And I have observed that creation can also reveal to us truths about our own nature. For example, I have learned something important about human behavior from my dog, Nika, a.k.a. “Grrrldog Doggerel”, a.k.a. “Dogma”:
I have noticed that Dogma’s responsiveness to her master’s voice is directly proportional to her proximity to me. When she is close to me, she is raptly attentive, perchance that I might proffer a “cookie” or some other scrap of blessing. But the further away she wanders, the more she fails to heed my call. It isn’t that Dogma is a bad girl, or that she doesn’t worship me; it’s just that she gets so focused on other things…
I definitely have noticed that with Nika... Interesting to put it in that perspective! I sometimes wonder what I have missed going after other things, when God was trying to show me something important, or maybe just trying to give me a "cookie" type blessing. Maybe we need to stop chasing invisible squirrels.